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7 Female Musicians Who Will Be in The History Books of The Industry

As we are in the midst of Women's History Month, it's vital to recognize and love the women in our lives who we love cherish, including loved ones who support us and role models who inspire us. It is also important to recognize the women who are beginning to take the world by storm as their list of accomplishments grow. Also as more people gravitate toward their work and connect with the messages they want to share with the world.

Below are 7 female musicians we believe will be in the history books of the music industry; read more to find out who they are and what they've done for music so far!

Since her music career launched in 2013, Rina Sawayama has been an extraordinary force in music to be reckoned with. She has used a wide range of various music genres, such as art pop, contemporary R&B, and heavy metal, and many of her songs discuss her perspective on worldly issues, including overconsumption, self-identity and sexuality, and the dependence of society on technology.

Rina’s unique work has attracted a large fanbase that has greatly supported her musical works and her performance at festivals, such as Glastonbury, Head in The Clouds, and Lollapalooza which all happened in the summer of 2023. work in John Wick: Chapter 4 (2023), both playing a character in the movie and having a single–that she sang and helped write–on the soundtrack.

18 year-old rapper songwriter J Noa uses her voice to bring awareness to the social injustices that occur within low-income areas in her home country of the Dominican Republic, as well as Latin America as a whole. As she said in an exclusive interview, her goal is to “convey hope to young people that things can change both in the neighborhood and outside the neighborhood since it is not only in the neighborhood that they see this type of thing.”

In September 2023, the “Hija del Rap” (Daughter of Rap) made her debut on NPR’s Tiny Desk which is also the same month as Hispanic Heritage Month. Around the same time, the artist was nominated for the 2023 Latin GRAMMYs for Best Rap/Hip Hop song, and there is no doubt that she will have more achievements to come, both with awards and bringing awareness of social issues to the world.

Beabadoobee is an icon for Generation Z and will be loved by future generations to come. As a Gen Z’er herself, one big reason why it is common for Gen Z to have her songs in their playlists because they can relate to her songs about depression, romantic love (and the ending stages of it), not feeling like oneself, self-expression, and other tumultuous experiences that many individuals in their youth go through.  

She has opened for other music acts widely loved by Generation Z, including Taylor Swift (2023), The 1975 (2020), and Clairo (2019). Besides being an opener, she has taken the solo stage at Camp Flog Gnaw (2023), Lollapalooza (2023), Head in The Clouds (2021, 2023), and other festivals fans went wild to see her at. 

In the world of EDM which is mainly dominated by male DJs, Alison Wonderland (Alexandra Margo Sholler) shines through as one of the genre’s most loved artists because of her one-of-a-kind music and openness about her mental health struggles. With the visceral songwriting and infectious beats that her music consists of, it is no surprise that Awake (2018), which is the second album she released, debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart for Top Dance/Electronic Albums. 

Her openness about her struggles with mental health is another part of her that people connect with. Back in 2018, she made it known that she had been in a battle with depression and suicidal thoughts; she had said that writing the songs for Awake were therapeutic for her. In 2019, she decided to cancel shows in Europe to recover from being mentally and physically exhausted, and received support from both fellow DJs and fans.

When NewJeans performed at Lollapalooza last year, the world went wild to see the girls not only perform at their first music festival but to also witness their first performance in the U.S. The fact that the 5 girls performed at one of the biggest music festivals worldwide just one year after debuting into the music scene shows how big their impact has been on music. 

The accolades they have received so far also highlight their impact. Last year, they broke the Guinness World Record for being the fastest group in K-pop to reach one billion streams on Spotify. Moreover, at the Korean end-of-the-year award ceremonies which are like the Korean version of the GRAMMYs, they received multiple rookie awards and were awarded Artist of the Year which hadn’t been won by a girl group in 12 years. In early March 2024, they were named Group of the Year at the Billboard Women in Music award ceremony, becoming the first K-pop group to achieve this title.

You may be familiar with Dasha if you’ve seen how her hit single “Austin” has been blowing up amongst TikTok users with the song’s line-dance challenge for users to participate in. Not only has it been so popular on TikTok, “Austin,” the first single to be released from her second album, has also soared to the No. 1 spot on Spotify’s U.S. Viral Top 50 spot. With her raw lyricism and fusion of country and pop, Dasha is an extraordinary singer-songwriter in the realm of music. 

“One of the top comments I’ve gotten after releasing ‘Austin’ and my album has been: ‘Wow, I don’t like country music, but I love your music,’” she said. “And that means a lot because I feel like I’m converting people from different genres into country fans.”

Moreover, knowing that mainstream country music is dominated by male musicians, she views this as an opportunity for this to change instead of a hurdle to overcome.

Flo Milli has songs absolutely perfect for empowering women, and her music has been well-received by audiences worldwide. One of her recent singles, “Never Lose Me,” essentially encompasses being treated like a princess, and it was her first song to enter the Billboard U.S. Hot 100 chart, peaking in the top 20 songs. 

Released in 2020, her debut album Ho, Why Is You Here? received a spot on Rolling Stone’s 2022 list of Greatest Hip Hop Albums of All Time. Notably, with “Like That Bitch” and “Pussycat Doll,” you can’t help but feel energized and like you can conquer the world when listening to the album. The energy of the album, and Flo’s music in general, can be summarized in three words: it girl hype.

On March 15, 2024, Flo released her anticipated second studio album called Fine Ho, Stay, which fans have been going wild over. The next day, the rapper took on the stage at Rolling Loud which certainly won’t be her last festival performance.

As these 7 female acts continue releasing music and gaining fans worldwide, they are without a doubt going to keep achieving great feats. With their catchy melodies, it girl anthems, passions for bringing social awareness, and desires to connect with their female audiences, they have been irreplaceable forces of music and are going to change the world in a matter of time.

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